About Caroline Preble

I'm a gal who thinks that there is always a reason to celebrate! I am a wife and mom to two great girls, and a former elementary teacher who has turned my love for all things fun and creative into a website to share with friends everywhere.

Meringue Ghosts

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I saw a picture of these adorable meringue ghosts at the Food Network and decided that they would be the perfect dessert to bring to a Halloween party! These happy haunters are easy to make, but be prepared to let them set for a few hours (or even overnight) to fully dry. This recipe makes about 24 yummy little meringue ghosts. They will last several days at room temperature so you can eat some now and save some for later!
Happy Halloween!

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How to make meringue ghosts:

Ingredients:

  • 4 Large egg whites (at room temperature)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon  Cream of Tartar
  • 1 Cup of superfine baker’s sugar (if you can’t find this you can run regular sugar through a food processor for about 30 seconds to give the grains a finer consistency. This is important so your ghosts don’t finish with a gritty texture.)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Candy Eyes (You can use miniature chocolate chips, pre-made decorator eyes, shaped sprinkles, or edible silver dragees for eyes)

ingredients for meringue ghosts

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees and set your baking rack in the center.
  2. Prepare a pastry bag by adding a plain cone tip with a 1/2 inch (large) opening.
  3. Line a baking sheet (I needed two) with parchment paper.
  4. Break your egg whites into a large mixing bowl and let them sit until they are room temperature (about a half hour). Be sure that you are using a clean, dry bowl and that you don’t get any egg yolk into the mixture or your meringue won’t thicken.
  5. Add the cream of tartar and, using an electric mixer on medium high speed, beat the egg mixture for about a minute until it is opaque and foamy.
  6. Slowly, a little at a time, add the sugar and increase your mixer speed. Continue beating for about 5-6 minutes, or until your meringue has a thick, glossy texture and can hold peaks when you remove the mixer.
  7. Add the vanilla extract and continue beating for about 30 seconds more until it is completely blended in.
  8. Transfer the meringue mixture to a pastry bag and, holding the bag perpendicular to your cookie sheet, pipe 8-10 swirls to create a 2 inch meringue ghost.
  9. Once all your ghosts are piped, add your candy eyes.
  10. Place the ghosts in the oven and bake for about an hour to an hour and a half, until they are dry and crisp to the touch, but not browned.  Then turn off the oven and open the door,  allowing the ghosts to dry for several more hours or overnight. (You could also remove them from the oven and have them dry on a baking rack.)
  11. Your meringue ghosts can be stored at room temperature.

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Free Halloween Printables

Free Halloween Printables

Everybody loves free party printables, especially us! That’s why we’ve created a few special Halloween printables for you to download and use at your next Halloween bash. Best of all, they’re free! Just click on the image or text link to be taken to the printable image. Enjoy!

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 Halloween drink labels 2Halloween Drink Labels

Halloween candy wrappers

Halloween Candy Wrappers

Halloween party tags

Halloween Cupcake Toppers or Party Tags

Say Boo Printable

Say Boo Party Poster






 

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Get Boo-zed on Halloween

get boo-zed this HalloweenIn my neck of the woods, the adults seem to enjoy Halloween as much as the kids, so why should the kids have all the fun? This year we are starting the tradition of “boo-zing” our favorite friends and neighbors. What does it mean to get boo-zed on Halloween? Well, have you ever seen a ghostie sign mysteriously hanging in your neighbor’s window? Chances are they have kids who’ve been “boo-ed” by a friend secretly leaving a bag of candy and treats by the front door. Ever secretly wished that you could have your own secret boo-er? Here is the tradition you have been waiting for – with a slight improvement! This Halloween why not start the tradition of “boo-zing” your grown up friends by secretly leaving a bottle of wine on their front porch. Because really, who wouldn’t love that?!

We’ve created free “We’ve Been Boo-zed” printables for you, plus directions for boo-zing your friends. Have fun!

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To start your own boo-zing fun, click on each of the images below to go to a page with a printable image. Print off two copies of each of the following free Get Boo-zed printables. You might want to print the first card with the poem on nicer paper or cardstock as this is the one that will get attached to your gift of wine.

Get boo-zed free printables

The next printable is the sign that gets displayed on your neighbor’s front door or window so that they don’t get re-boo-zed!

get boo-zed free printables

Finally, the third printable gives all the instructions of what to do to keep the boo-zing tradition going strong all through October.

get boo-zed free printables

So there you go, a fun solution to make Halloween fun for the adults as well as the kids! Happy haunting!

For more ways to make this Halloween your best ever, visit our Creative-Party-Themes homepage, where you’ll find links to lots of great Halloween party themes and ideas!

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Party of the Week: Homecoming Party Ideas

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HOMECOMING

Homecoming printable

Click on the image to download and print this Homecoming subway art poster we created just for you!

At high schools and colleges all over the country, this is the time to celebrate homecoming. Whether you are a current student celebrating with friends, or a graduate returning to reminisce about the glory days, click on this homecoming party ideas link to visit our party website and find  lots of ideas to help make your celebration more special.

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Get Decked Out For the Big Game

Are you going to watch a homecoming football game? here are some fun spirit wear items we found at Shindigz.com that you can order in your own team colors to get you and your friends ready to cheer on the home team!

Green Let's Go Waterless Tattoos
Temporary Tattoos
Face Paint Sticks
Face Paint Sticks
Blue & Gold Super Fan-atic Spirit Set
Spirit Set
Gold Football Beaded Necklace
Football Rally Beads
Spirit Up Columbia Blue Foam Fingers
Foam Spirit Hands
Red Inflatable Spirit Sticks
Spirit Sticks

Have Fun Before and After the Homecoming Dance

Be sure to hop over to our Homecoming pre-party and after party ideas page for lots of ideas for making the big dance special.

A few ideas you might consider include:

BEFORE

  • Inviting the girls for snacks and a pre-dance makeup and hair prepping party
  • Hosting couples for a pre-dance dinner
  • Setting up a photo shoot area to capture everyone looking their best
Homecoming group photo

Make the most of a beautiful fall day by taking homecoming pictures outdoors, or if it’s raining, set up a photo area inside.

AFTER — Invite friends back for…

  • Popcorn and movies
  • Roasting marshmallows in the backyard
  • After dance pizza
  • Game night
  • A sleepover

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